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Richland's Winter Wonderland and HAPO Festival of Lights Kicks-Off December 2nd - 11/30/22

Don’t miss the 7th annual Winter Wonderland and HAPO Festival of Lights. Join us as we countdown to the lighting of John Dam Plaza and the HAPO Community Stage. Celebrate the magic of the season with live musical performances, a lighted vehicle parade, and a guest appearance from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The festivities kick off Friday, December 2, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. The official countdown will take place at 6:00 p.m. when thousands of lights will be lit and dance to holiday music every evening in December. 

Attendees will enjoy music performed by the Hanford High School Choir and the Richland High School Marching Band and Drumline. Enjoy free cocoa and KC Kettle Corn (while supplies last). 

Take a peek into Santa’s House and the recently added replica of a two-bedroom prefab home located in the Richland Alphabet House Village. The “Letters to the North Pole” mailbox will also be available. Children of all ages can drop their letters (don’t forget to include a return address) in the mailbox to the North Pole (the deadline is December 20, 2022). Participants will receive a response from Santa and his helpers. Witness the new lighted vehicle parade with a dozen decorated vehicles on display in a procession around the park that starts at approximately 5:40 p.m. 

After the lighting, stay in John Dam Plaza and enjoy the entire playlist of holiday music until 9:00 p.m. Or, you can head down to Howard Amon Park from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. and hop on the J&S Express Train at the Richland Community Center. The train will take riders on a journey through the park to enjoy the magic of over 20 inflatable light displays. Take pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus as well as the many holiday characters that will be present. Food vendors will also be available at Howard Amon Park. 

In addition, the Gallery at the Park will be giving away cocoa and hosting crafts from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and the Richland Community Center will be hosting live holiday music, craft projects, and Bingo from 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

While at Howard Amon Park, don’t miss out on the very popular lighted boat parade. This is always a crowd-pleaser sponsored by the Clover Island Yacht Club. The boats will come by Howard Amon Park at approximately 7:15 – 8:00 p.m.

But wait, there is more! Enjoy the amazing fireworks display at Howard Amon Park after the boats have safely cleared the area. Fireworks will light up the sky at approximately 8:00 p.m. 

The fun then continues on Saturday, December 3rd, with another lighted vehicle parade, fireworks, and activities at John Dam Plaza, Richland Community Center, and Howard Amon Park. 

There are many more activities to enjoy with Winter Wonderland and Festival of Lights lasting throughout the month of December. View the full schedule of activities at

Attached Media Files: ww_eventschedule_8.5x11.pdf
Vacancy on Richland City Council - 11/30/22

Following certification of the November 2022 General Election, the Richland City Council is accepting applications from citizens interested in serving on the Richland City Council. Position No. 7, currently held by Michael Alvarez, is expected to be officially vacated on January 3, 2023. 

The candidate appointed by City Council will serve in Position No. 7 until the person elected to serve the remainder of the unexpired term takes office after the November 2023 General Election (approximately one year). 

The election/appointment and service of councilmembers on the Richland City Council is governed by the Richland City Charter. 

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be a registered elector (voter). Applicants must be a resident of the City of Richland for a continuous period of at least two years prior to their election or appointment. Applicants cannot hold another public office except in the National Guard, organized reserves, or as a Notary Public. In addition, candidates must be a citizen of the United States and cannot be employed by the City of Richland. 

Interested individuals may submit a completed application and resume to the City Clerk’s Office through the City’s website beginning Wednesday, November 30, 2022, through Wednesday, December 14, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Late submittals will not be accepted. More details are available on the City’s website at or by calling the City Clerk at 509-942-7389. 

Richland City Council holds regular meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Richland City Hall, 625 Swift Boulevard. Workshops are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month. All meetings are televised. 

Interviews will be scheduled after the review of completed applications and resumes. Applications are available at 

The City does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, presence of disability, or any other protected class status.

Public Comment Period Opens for Proposed Little Badger Mountain Trail (Photo) - 11/28/22

A draft proposal to connect Little Badger Mountain Trail to Badger Mountain is now available for public review. The 5.5-mile trail system was developed by City staff and its consultant team at Michael Terrell Landscape Architecture, LLC

The draft plan will be presented in three ways; a public open house, via zoom, and an online survey. 

There will be two opportunities to meet with staff: 

  • Thursday, January 12, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of City Hall, 625 Swift Boulevard
  • Saturday, January 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Richland Community Center, 500 Amon Park Drive 

The Zoom meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 19 from noon to 1:00 p.m. 

Those that would like to review and comment online can visit the project page and review the project map at

The public is encouraged to complete an online survey to help with the final details of projected use.  The survey will be open through January 31, 2023.

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Richland Green Can Yard Waste Collection Service Resumes Tomorrow - 11/22/22

Higher temperatures are in the forecast for the remainder of this week! Green can yard waste collection service is scheduled to resume tomorrow, Wednesday, November 23 through Friday, November 25. Crews will work through the Thanksgiving holiday to empty both trash and green waste containers. 

Wednesday, November 23

  • Bagged debris at the curb 
  • Trash and green can service 

Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25

  • Trash and green can service
  • Due to the City-observed Thanksgiving holiday, bagged debris pick up at the curb is not scheduled on Thursday, but please leave your bags at the curb and crews will do their best to serve all residents by end of the day on Friday.
  • The landfill will be closed

We appreciate your patience! Postponing green can pick up during freezing temperatures has long been our policy. However, the early onset of freezing temperatures this season as well as the significant wind storm earlier this month have created conditions in which normal collection services are difficult and residents have accumulated waste that needs removal. The City is staying vigilant for opportunities to provide the services our residents need. When the weather includes freezing temperatures some yard waste freezes, sometimes causing the contents to stick to the container and not empty completely. This may result in damage or loss to cans because the emptying mechanism on the truck damages the heavier-than-normal container. 

Please watch the City’s Facebook and website for updates regarding next week’s scheduled pick-up. Our goal is to service all green cans if possible within the next few weeks for the season. With green can service being impacted, the City’s preference is for bagged waste as crews can continue to pick them up despite temperatures. Again, trash and bagged waste at the curb will continue, however, the ability to empty green waste containers may again be postponed due to freezing temperatures. 

Residents can also dispose of yard debris for free at the Horn Rapids Landfill Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on city-observed holidays. Residents must bring a recent utility bill and show valid identification. 

For more information visit or call 509-942-7700.

Shop Small in Richland for Rewards - 11/22/22

The City of Richland encourages holiday shoppers to visit local businesses this holiday season. Small Business Saturday is November 26, 2022, and is a nationally recognized movement encouraging consumers to enjoy holiday shopping at local retail stores, restaurants, fitness studios, salons, and more. Many Richland businesses are running specials or promotions including the Uptown Shopping Center. The Uptown will hold its annual “shop small” event featuring weekend-only specials and chances to win gift baskets. More information can be found on the Uptown Facebook page at

In addition to Small Business Saturday, the City of Richland Economic Development Office is launching a new program providing ongoing support to Richland's small businesses. The Richland “Small Business Passport” is a digital passport offering year-round savings at some of the best local businesses in Richland. The program launches on Small Business Saturday. Shoppers can pick up a passport card at Richland City Hall, the Richland Library, the Richland Community Center, and small businesses in the Uptown Shopping Center and the Richland Parkway business districts beginning Saturday. The passport card contains a QR code to link shoppers with the latest deals and specials. Users will need to show the passport page at the time of purchase to get the deal. Passport deals change, so consumers are encouraged to check back whenever they shop.

Remember to shop small in Richland this holiday season! More information can be found at

Green Yard Waste Collection On-Hold (Photo) - 11/10/22

Beginning Friday, November 11, yard waste containers will not be emptied through the following week due to forecasted freezing temperatures. When yard waste (which contains moisture) freezes, it is impossible to empty the containers.

The City of Richland will provide updates when collection can resume. Thank you for your patience. 

Residents can bring yard waste to the Horn Rapids Landfill, free of charge, Monday through Saturday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

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